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The same kind of cleverness which never fails to make a good beginning finds a more important scope in the next stage of the speech. In narrative Lysias is masterly. His statements of facts are distinguished by conciseness, clearness and charm, and by a power of producing conviction without apparent effort to convince1. If these qualities mark almost equally some of the narratives in the private orations of Demosthenes2, it is yet Lysias and not Demosthenes to whom Dionysios points as the canon of excellence in this kind3. He goes so far as to say that he believes the rules for narrative given in the current rhetorical treatises to have been derived from study of models supplied by Lysias.

1 His narratives τὴν πίστιν ἅμα λεληθότως συνεπιφέρουσιν, id. De Lys. c. 18.

2 After comparing an extract from the lost speech of Lysias Against Tisis with an extract from the speech of Demosthenes Against Konon, Dionysios asks—ταῦτα οὐ καθαρὰ καὶ ἀκριβῆ καὶ σαφῆ καὶ διὰ τῶν κυρίων καὶ κοινῶν ὀνομάτων κατεσκενασμένα, ὥσπερ τὰ Αυσίου; and goes on to notice other excellences which both have alike. De Demosth. c. 13.

3 ορον τε καὶ κανόνα τῆς ἰδέας ταύτης αὐτὸν ἀποφαίνομαι: De Lys. c. 18.

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